I am just getting into HT since the purchase of my new house. I am trying to keep the costs down and still learning about HT. I have received my Fluance SX-HTB paired with 2 Fluance AV-BP2(bipoles) for the rears. 2 weeks ago I ordered the Onkyo TX-SR601(refurb) for $345(inc. shipping) from ecost.com and then my order got cancelled, due to no avail. I went searching again and found a used HK AVR-325 for $390(inc. shipping). The HK is on it's way. Today I see the Onkyo TX-SR601 is back in stock. The main difference in specs are the watts and 6.1/7.1 support: Onkyo TX-SR601 (6.1): 85 watts x 6 at 0.08% THD HK AVR-325 (7.1): 50 watts x 7 at 0.07% THD Since I am still a newbie to these things, from what I see the Onkyo can push more watts with a slight higher distortion. Possibly my speakers will never request more then 50 watts, but I am also thinking about future upgrades. 7.1 over 6.1 doesn't really matter to me right now. Is purchasing the HK AVR-325 over the Onkyo TX-SR601 a wise choice for now and into the future?